Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail
The U.S. election has been one of the most divisive and controversial in decades. And the stakes for Canada—on trade issues, immigration, defence policy—are high. It’s just like old times. Set at a cocktail party in Ottawa, this story by Blair Fraser recalls the night of the American election in 1952. Would the Republicans cut foreign aid? Would the Democrats punish Canada on trade? The players were different, but the game was the same.
A constitutional trendsetter
Most people think Pierre Trudeau, with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, was Canada’s constitutional pioneer. But John Diefenbaker’s Bill of Rights passed this week back in 1960. “Liberals call it vague, ambiguous and unnecessary,” Peter Newman wrote. Here’s his critique on the bill’s use and misuse, a year after it became doctrine, but not quite law.
It’s 5:00 somewhere
The long weekend is approaching, and the timing couldn’t be better. Ontarians can now buy alcohol through LCBO’s new online ordering service, and have booze brought right to the doorstep. George A. Warburton will be rolling over in his grave. Here’s the Maclean’s take on the great prohibition drive of 1920 in Ontario, written by the leader of the movement himself.
At the Olympics, everything is on the line. Every triumph is bigger, bolder and more breathtaking, every defeat more difficult, and every scandal more disappointing. This collection of Olympic moments profiles one of the greatest sprinters of all time, and reveals an unlikely winner of the “most dangerous event.” If you think the Rio Games have been a fiasco before they’ve even started, read John McMurtry’s essay on the Montreal Games in 1973.
“A song has to have a point of view, a philosophy to hold it together,” Gordon Lightfoot said in 1968. Canada has long boasted great songwriters, and we keep finding new talent. What does a Portuguese-Canadian girl cleaning hotel rooms in Victoria have in common with a child superstar scoring three billion hits on YouTube? They’re both stories of artists who have helped push the Canadian music scene into a promising groove.